(LIFESITE) — Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin, issued today the most powerful letter to date from a U.S bishop in the wake of the most recent sex abuse scandals.

In the pastoral letter to his diocese, Morlino speaks with utter clarity about the “depravity” that has been allowed to fester in the Church and insists it must be “rooted out” even from within the U.S. episcopate.

“It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord,” he writes.

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